One Square Inch by Claudia Mills

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Cooper's grandfather gives him and his little sister, Carly, deeds to square inches of land in the Yukon. Carly uses them to invent her own imaginary kingdom of Inchland—far away from the silence of their home, where their single mother stays in bed all day. When their mom comes out of her season of sadness bursting with sometimes frightening energy, Carly retreats into Inchland, while sixth-grader Cooper tries to control the chaos. But can Cooper really keep Carly—and himself—safe?

In One Square Inch, Claudia Mills weaves a story that is “Believable and deeply moving” (Publishers Weekly).

 

About Claudia Mills

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Claudia Mills is the acclaimed author of many books for children and also teaches philosophy at the University of Denver. She lives in Boulder, Colorado. claudiamillsauthor.comRob Shepperson's most recent book is The Memory Bank, a collaboration with Carolyn Coman. He lives in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. robshepperson.com
 
Published September 14, 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 176 pages
Genres: Children's Books.

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There Benjamin finds his little lame friend, along with a blind ox, an abused donkey, and a decrepit, earless goat, the usual suspects all come to marvel at the newborn.

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Sixth grader Cooper relates his account of his mother’s disabling depression that is followed by a manic phase that causes her to shop relentlessly, take on projects she can’t possibly handle, totally abandon housekeeping and finally neglect both children, especially second grader Carly.

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Mills (How Oliver Olson Changed the World) delivers a compassionate story about life with a bipolar parent. Eleven-year-old Cooper and his younger sister, Carly, consider their life in Colorado norma

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Organized and perceptive, Cooper tries to ignore the unpaid bills, power outage, endless projects, and "unbelievable mess," but his mother's behavior embarrasses and angers him ("I started trying to clean up the kitchen....

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